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Frequency of Presidential Appointees to the Federal Appellate Court Bench The frequency table reveals how many presidential appointees each president made to the Federal Appellate Court bench This calculated on a per year basis shows that their has been a steady increase with the exceptions of Ford who showed less and Carter who showed more in the number of appointees to Federal Appellate Court bench during the last 10 presidencies Since Federal Court judges are appointed for life terms under conditions of good behavior I attribute this increase in the number of Federal Appellate Court judges to larger caseloads with more issues to decide One of the exceptions noted earlier Ford who served only 2 years appointed an average of 48 Appellate Court judges a year The other exception Carter who served 4 years and made 56 appointments had the greatest impact on the Federal Appellate Court system averaging 14 appointees a year A Perspective Look at Bush and Clintons Federal Appellate Court Appointees Party Affiliation The data illustrates that Bushs Federal judge appointees were within party lines 91 of the time In 37 of his awarded Federal judgeships 34 were Republican 2 were Democrat and 1 independent In contrast Clinton also stayed within party lines but at a lesser rate 85 going to his party appointing 41 of 48 Federal judgeships to Democrats The other appointees made by Clinton consisted of 3 Republicans and 4 Independents It is apparent that presidents appoint Federal Appellate Court judges who conform to their political ideologies Republican judges who are chosen because of their Conservative views tend to hand down decisions that favor government and large businesses This becomes important in litigation involving labor-management conflicts environmental issues and personal injury cases when corporate America is the defendant Democratic presidents who also appoint Federal judges in conformity with their political ideology
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